Sunday 18 August 2019

Woman jailed for eight years over 'bizarre' case of sex impersonation

Gayle Newland
Gayle Newland

Kim Pilling in London

A woman who impersonated a man to trick her female friend into sex in a "complex" and "bizarre" two-year deception has been jailed for eight years.

Gayle Newland (25) wailed as she had to be forcibly removed from the dock at Chester Crown Court to begin her sentence.

Newland, of Willaston, Cheshire, disguised her appearance and voice as she persuaded the other woman to wear a blindfold at all times when they met up.

The pair had sex up to 10 times until the complainant, also aged 25, decided to take her mask off and in disbelief saw Newland wearing a prosthetic penis.

The prosecution had said it was an "unusual case" set against an "extraordinary background" in which the defendant targeted the "naive and vulnerable" complainant, who said she was not gay.

Newland claimed her accuser always knew she was pretending to be a man as they engaged in role play while struggling with their sexuality.

She said that no blindfold was used and she did not strap bandages to her chest or wear a woollen hat and swimsuit.

But a jury found the complainant was telling the truth and convicted Newland in September of three counts of sexual assault.

Sentencing her yesterday, Judge Roger Dutton told the defendant, a marketing manager, that she was "an intelligent, obsessional, highly manipulative, deceitful, scheming and thoroughly determined young woman".

Newland created a bogus Facebook profile in the name of "Kye Fortune" and was then said to have taken on the persona as she mimicked a man to speak many times on the phone with the victim after their first contact in 2011.

Judge Dutton said the creation of the alter-ego character was "central to the case".

He added that he was "quite sure" that the psychological impact on the complainant was "severe" and would be "long-lasting".

Irish Independent

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